The San Francisco 49ers could begin this season without Pro Bowl linebacker Charles Haley, who last month underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, according to a published report.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported in yesterday's editions that Haley may miss all of training camp and that his rehabilitation could extend into the regular season.
"From what I understand, he's pretty messed up," said fullback Harry Sydney, Haley's closest friend on the team. "He can't move his arm at all right now. He's the type of guy who will do everything he can to make it back, but this is pretty serious."
Haley has declined to comment since the surgery.
"I'm not going to call it a non-event, because that's insensitive, but it's really no big deal," 49ers president Carmen Policy said. "They were in [surgery], they saw it and they fixed it. He should be ready to play for the London game."
The 49ers will play an exhibition game Aug. 16 against the Washington Redskins at London's Wembley Stadium.
* BRONCOS: Former Patriots starting guard Elbert Crawford was in serious condition, but improving, in the intensive care unit at Denver's Aurora Presbyterian Hospital after suffering a heart attack Tuesday while working out with the team.
Crawford signed a contract with the Broncos last month as a Plan B free agent.
Hospital spokesman Brad Bawmann said doctors expected Crawford to remain in the hospital's ICU "at least another day."
Bawmann said the 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive guard and tackle underwent angioplasty surgery Tuesday to clear his arteries.
Bawmann did not know the cause of the heart attack, but said Crawford had no family history of heart disease.